Just a quick update regarding my most recent phone conversation with
Yaesu in California. Last night 17 Aug 94, I spoke with a representative
of the yaesu company in California re the FT-1000. I mentioned to the
rep that I'd heard over the air of a version 4 of the FT-1000 soon to
be released. The rep advised that this was news to him and that the
current design of the ft-1000 would not repeat would not be changed in
the forseeable future.
I mentioned that my FT-1000 has a serial number
begining with 2H and I was interested to know if there had been any
modifications since my radio was produce.
His answer to my question was
no, there had been no design modifications since my radio was manufactured.
Also the 2H indicated that my radio started down the assembly line in
June of 1992 - and that the design of the FT-1000 has been "stable" since
The rep went on to give a plug to the new FT-900 which will
appear in magazine this September. The rep described the FT-900 as being
a FT-890 with a detactable head.
If this is the case - I believe kenwood's
TS-50S is in big trouble - sales wise.